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THE AMAZING, STRANGE, UTTERLY ENGAGING HISTORY OF … (WE STILL CAN’T SAY IT) … PICKLEBALL

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Be sure to tune into THE PLANET on Friday as we announce details pertaining to the winner of this year’s coveted ORBIT AWARD.]

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNEDSAY DEC. 26, 2018) — Our dear friend Chuck Garivaltis and THE PLANET weren’t the only ones to be baffled, perplexed, amused, amazed, disgusted, flapped, fagged, and fashed by … we still have trouble saying it … by …

Pickleball.

It wasn’t just that the powers that be want to elevate it to National Pastime status in the city, but that in order to find the right pickleball location, Pittsfield had to hire a consultant. Let this sink in, that apparently, Benigno Numine doesn’t have enough in-house talent, smarts, or confidence in itself to pick a place where the millennials can play pickleball. It’s enough to put you off your morning toast. It’s not so much the game itself. It’s …

… on second thought, it is so much the game itself. Game. Rhymes with lame.

The next matter is the question of identity. Probably not one in 100  know what pickleball is or where it originated. THE PLANET certainly didn’t. Not to be let in the dark, we put the crack Research Department from the Secret Squadron on it, and we have the story. Another PLANET exclusive.

Pickleball is not so much a game as a piecemeal body on Dr. Frankenstein’s table, a quilted cadaver stolen from many mausoleums.  The game plagiarizes tennis, ping-pong, badminton, and Wiffle Ball like so many body parts, stitches them together, and brings them to lumbering life with a jolt of white whine posing as electricity. It borrows the dimensions of a badminton court, lowers tennis’s net to the point where an ant can step over it, takes ping pong’s paddles and gives them a breast enlargement, and steals Roger Maris’s Wiffle Ball. The idea is to create a net game so easy, so dumbed down, and so lame that even millennials can play while not even pausing from their screens or Facebook. No wonder Nick Caccamo loves it. The game is so challenge-free that even Earl Persip can play.

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We’re cool with all this under the “To Each Their Own” department, except for two things: Paying the consultant his or her usual ten grand (kickbacks included), and absconding the Wiffle Ball, that alabaster sphere of childhood and youth that sent so many of us into backyards of summer sun to whittle away the dreamy hours hitting homers and throwing baffling curves of unhittable trajectory. Firewood Field, Cinder Park, Billboard Field — so we dubbed the sandlots and abandoned postage stamps of land where we CREATED, not a smart phone in sight.

As for origins, folklore says pickleball is a recent concoction. Nonsense. THE PLANET has unearthed a document dated 1791. It contains the first written reference to pickleball ever discovered. It seems that kids were playing so much pickleball in Park Square that the town fathers had to regulate it. The story gets even better, however. The game began years earlier, invented in the city.

One Elihu Thrombosis-Muck, who lived on what it now Jubilee Hill, found himself standing in what is now Park Squared, bored out of his mind. He stuck his hands in what is now called his “pocket,” started fishing around with what he then called his “pickle,” and … well, let’s just say he enjoyed his new what they now call “pastime.”

Needless to day, it soon caught on. People, guys especially, loved how you not only could play BY yourself but play WITH yourself. Thrombosis-Muck called the new sport “pickleball.” When asked by his friend Peter Arlos why “pickleball,” Thrombosis-Muck replied, “For obvious reasons. Use your imagination, man!” Yes, in a most startling discovery, what they call pickleball began as what is now called “pocket pool!” The new sport also became the basis for Peter Townsend’s song “Fiddle About” from the rock-opera Tommy.

How what is now called “pocket pool” evolved into what is now called “pickleball” must remain a story for another time, dear ones. For now, let us rejoice in yet another historical bearskin that Pittsfield can put on the cabin wall, content with the true reason millennials love the game so much. Let the tourists flock! Let the taxpayers take stock as we all sing along:

Take me out to the pickleball,

Take me out to the court.

Buy me some latte and lumberjack.

I don’t care if I ever get back.

Cuz it’s root, root, root for consultants.

If they don’t win it’s a shame.

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In our kind and tender mercies, we shall leave it there. On Friday, our traditional New Year’s greeting and the naming of the ORBIT.

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“Where there’s a will, there are greedy relatives” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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72 Responses to “THE AMAZING, STRANGE, UTTERLY ENGAGING HISTORY OF … (WE STILL CAN’T SAY IT) … PICKLEBALL”

  1. CosbiesLadies
    December 25, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

    Dan, as an stated earlier,Diamond’ Jim McGrath, notorious for rolling down his window while driving and hawking a Louie right on North St a few years ago, stated at a recent Parks Committee meeting he was looking to get some C P A funds to give to this game,sport, and diddle of fun. Who is really pushing for this?

    • Jonathan Melle
      December 25, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

      Nuciforo is behind Pickleball so he can set up a concession stand where he would sell his pot products.

      • H
        December 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

        Pickle ball is badmInton gone bad.

  2. Sum Ting Wong
    December 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    Pickle ball is no big dill.

  3. The School committee
    December 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Trump never disappoints as he sinks lower and lower everyday,the man is so out of touch.

  4. Shakes
    December 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Actually, pickle ball is very popular with senior citizens. Although my kids learned it gym, the age cohort is definitely the elderly.

    • Harrison
      December 26, 2018 at 4:11 am #

      Shakes is right. I always thought of it as a retirees game. It’s huge in Florida.

  5. Johnny Absurd
    December 26, 2018 at 1:47 am #

    Would love to know who the consultant was/is. Was this same person involved in the Stanley gold rush consortium bonanza?

    Is it true that sometimes “consultants” are vehicles for money laundering? I read about that on the intergoogle tower thingy but I guess not everything you see there is 100% accurate.

  6. The School committee
    December 26, 2018 at 4:35 am #

    Trump is quoted now that a layed off Federal employee told him that he was willing to not work until 66% of Americans change their minds about building the wall.The President said he’s never giving in and its the Democrats fault.Trump also ruined Christmas for a 7 year old boy by saying his belief in Santa Clause was marginal……Cant wait for him to run for President beginning this year.

    • Johnny Absurd
      December 26, 2018 at 5:37 am #

      Trump is reflecting back to when he was a child and his Dad beat the shit out of a Santa in front of him at Macys department store in New York City. You can see the long term damage even today.

  7. Paul
    December 26, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    In FL pickle ball is played on tennis courts. Most senior communities play it.

  8. H
    December 26, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    Quite the nonsense that some City Councilors didn’t get the answers they we’re looking for concerning the water sewer rate hikes. Exactly what did they need to know? Clean water act suspended. Two critical items significantly important, it allows time to look at better and cheaper technology. More importanly rates stay low and affordable. On the other end sic, the water plan needs very little done,drank a glass of water last night,delicious.

    Citizens must realize the money is in the engineering,As far as costs to the rate payer, the bigger the build, the more money floats-sic, to the consultants.

    The Mayors, Councilors,and Commisiomer will have you believe the project will cost tens of millions more if we have wait and do it,whenever. Not true,especially with new technology.

    One particular question to the project manager Mr. Lis was the presentation,and questions about the companies ability to produce, and last minute interest? Why wasn’t the entire City Council invited to meet with Alexander Dunn from DEP? The water plant builder had been coming to the C C for years asking to get into the Plant and much much more,shut him right down, and zero in the Berkshire Broadsheet about opinions and or complaints about the possible hike in rates and possible alternatives.This is wrong.

    • Shakes
      December 26, 2018 at 6:52 am #

      The clean water act is not suspended. Stop repeating your false, self serving narrative. You don’t know what you are talking about which is exactly why you should NOT be allowed in any water treatment facility.

      • Harrison
        December 26, 2018 at 7:15 am #

        I wasn’t educated on this matter so just did some research.
        This is what I found:
        “In August 2018, a win for clean water advocates: Responding to a separate motion filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center, a federal judge found that the Trump administration’s suspension of the Clean Water Rule violated the Administrative Procedure Act. The court set aside the suspension nationwide, allowing the rule to take effect in 26 states. “As administrations change, so do regulatory priorities. But the requirements of the APA remain the same,” the court’s decision concluded.”

      • Mr. Fritz
        December 26, 2018 at 8:04 am #

        Well said Shakes!

      • Village Knight
        December 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

        https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04042018/pruitt-memo-strips-clean-water-act-regional-epa-authority-streams-wetlands-leverage

        Pruitt Takes Clean Water Act Decisions Away from Regional EPA Offices
        The changes outlined in a leaked memo reduce the regional offices’ leverage over projects like pipelines and mining that could damage streams and wetlands.
        Phil McKenna
        BY PHIL MCKENNA

        APR 4, 2018
        Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator under President Trump. Credit: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images
        Scott Pruitt’s latest move to consolidate power raises concerns about his next steps on clean water regulations. Credit: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images

        Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been methodically weakening air pollution rules over the past year, is now taking control of key decision-making on the protection of streams and wetlands from the agency’s regional administrators, an internal memo shows.

        At issue is something known as “geographic jurisdiction,” agency speak for which bodies of water do, or do not, fall under the Clean Water Act. Historically all waters, including major waterways, tributaries and wetlands were regulated under the Act. This broad jurisdiction was reaffirmed by the Waters of the U.S. rule in 2015.

        In the memo, Pruitt notified EPA staff that he would now be in charge of such decision-making.

        “Authority previously delegated to regional administrators to make final determinations of geographic jurisdiction shall be retained by the Administrator,” Pruitt wrote to EPA employees on March 30. The memo was made public on Wednesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a non-profit organization of government employees.

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        Pruitt, who suspended the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) in January, has been clear about his plans to significantly reduce the scope of the Clean Water Act. The recent memo may be a first step toward that goal.

        “If Scott Pruitt’s record over last year is any indication, the reason he is pulling this decision making away from the local EPA staff is so he can hand over a lot of our natural resources to polluting interests, which has been his M.O. since day one,” said Dalal Aboulhosn, deputy legislative director for the Sierra Club.

        Regional EPA Offices Would Lose Leverage
        Pruitt, who has also drawn scrutiny and calls for his resignation in recent weeks over alleged ethics violations, wrote in the memo that the change was part of an ongoing effort to “restore regulatory certainty and promote the rule of law.”

        “This memo explains that jurisdictional determinations that raise significant issues or technical difficulties should be handled in a consistent and uniform manner, particularly during the WOTUS rulemaking,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said. “Regions will absolutely be involved in the process and work closely with the administrator’s office when doing the work to assess jurisdiction for very select, and often rare, cases.”

        However, PEER warned that the new directive would reduce the influence of locally based EPA scientists and specialists in reviewing projects and making determinations on wetlands and other water-related issues.

        Under the changes outlined in the memo, regional offices of the EPA would lose their ability to “veto” activities by the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees permitting of oil pipelines and mine—projects that could adversely impact drinking water supplies, fisheries, wildlife habitat or recreation areas, PEER said.

        “It takes away the one bullet that EPA had in its gun to stop a project,” Kyla Bennett, PEER’s New England director and a former EPA employee, said. “Any case, including coal, oil, power plants, nuclear, whatever it may be, anything that involves significant impact to wetlands and waters, this could have been used, and now it’s been relocated to someone who will never use it.”

        Such veto power by EPA officials has been used 13 times since it was first allowed under the Clean Water Act in 1970, according to the EPA. The most recent case was in 2010, when the agency revoked an Army Corps permit for one of the nation’s largest mountaintop removal projects, a coal mine in West Virginia that agency officials said would jeopardize the health of surrounding communities and the water on which they depend.

        Though rarely used, the veto was a powerful stick that EPA officials used to coax the Army Corps to deny or revise permits, Bennett said.

        Another Worry: Future of the Clean Water Act
        Because the veto was so rarely exercised, the transfer of its power to Pruitt may not be that significant, Pat Parenteau an environmental law professor at Vermont Law School, said.

        When viewed against the backdrop of a larger, ongoing effort to significantly reduce the power of the Clean Water Act, the consolidation of decision-making power outlined in the memo is, however, cause for concern, he said.

        “What Pruitt is ultimately trying to do is significantly reduce the scope of the Clean Water Act,” he said. “It all has to do with the geographic reach. We don’t know how far back Pruitt wants to cut that.”

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  9. dusty
    December 26, 2018 at 7:47 am #

    According to todays Eagle tourism spending in the Berkshires took a huge jump last year. I guess none of it made it to North street because Stanley still could not make a go of the movie theater (assuming he was even trying) and other stores left North street as well.

    And so if we can just get the pickle ball economic engine revved up perhaps the new theater will have a chance to survive. There was one lady who was going to move out of the area if the mayor would not give this new movie guy his tax forgiveness and none of us want to see her leave, so keep your fingers crossed.

  10. H
    December 26, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    If the new owners shoes are any indication what this carpets are going to look like? Just sayin…..

  11. Ghost Rider
    December 26, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    Warning: Pickle Balling leads to Corn Holing!

    • Robem
      December 26, 2018 at 8:19 am #

      ESPN actually showed a corn hole tourney. Beer drinking included. Maybe pickle ball will be popular like volleyball at Marchisio park. Tuesdays the park is full.

  12. mi
    December 26, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    What is th object of that? corn hole. Will C P A monies be on the horizon for it?

  13. Dilly Dally
    December 26, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Don’t know mi, keep your back door closed and don’t let anyone in.

  14. Mr. G
    December 26, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    What’s up with Captain Queeg down there in the White House?!? 3 DOZEN angry tweets on Christmas Eve?!?! I can just see him, rattling his balls (See…even Trump is a big Pickleball guy…always has been, although this seems much more Humphrey Bogart than Pickleballish) and ranting.

  15. Johnny Absurd
    December 26, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    and if this game is mostly played by senior citizens let them pay for it. Why should this be funded on the backs of hard working younger folk trying to make ends meet? I am sure the mayor and city council will back me when I say that all seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, need to pony up and stop sucking off the good will of city hall.

    When they become rich and open there own business and work on their kickbacks maybe the city can give them a bag of gold coins, but until then….I am just so sick of hearing about their problems. Isn’t there a shuttle to Florida they can get on and not come back?
    Good grief!

  16. Mr. G
    December 26, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    Hey Dan, you been following the ongoing saga of the Time-Warner/Meredith acquisition and subsequent dissolution? One old publishing guy to another, I thought it was a bit bizarre for Meredith to pay that much for the properties at $2.8 billion, and not it looks like them and the Koch brothers are gonna take a real bath on the thing. It has been a pretty brutal dismantling, overall in our business, for close to 20 years now.

  17. The school committee
    December 26, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    Trump family Doctor as a favor to Fred gave a Fake diagnosis of bone spurs to keep Don out of the American draft to the Viet Nam war.He knows how to Fake.

    • dusty
      December 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      and as soon as that story hit the newspapers Trump jumped on a plane and headed to Iraq. Can you say damage control? Trying not to look like the pussy he is?

    • Fake News
      December 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      The doctor is dead….there are no medical records that this doctor ever saw Trump…..the doctor’s daughters are Democrat moonbats who made this story….very fake news.

  18. Flogging Molly
    December 26, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Gerry Doyle is bringing in Michael Armitage as the consultant if he is out of prison and as soon as Gerry sobers up. Gerry says in the interim he will bring in Pat Muraca before he goes to prison and Jimmy Ruberto will help out if he’s not busy going to Red Sox games with free tickets.
    In other news when Gerry’s liver finals shits the bed he will be a cheap funeral as he gets the Dwyer employee discount and he is already preserved with vodka.

    • Art Seller
      December 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      Doyle showed up drunk at the Dec10 CC meeting and while at the podium he asked the Gman who he was going to fire tonight? The Gman promptly stated you. Doyle didn’t know how to respond. I guess Doyle thought he was in the Gman’s league but the Gman made clear he wasnt. Got to love the Gman he makes politics interesting.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

        I think GD was there at the request of the mayor.

  19. Halo
    December 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Gerry doesn’t drink,you buffoon.

    • Art Seller
      December 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      There is turmoil with water standards in the clean water act. The EPA would not fine the city if they decided to look at other less costly alternatives. The EPA is not in the business of shoving projects down municipality’s throats and if approached by competent city administration they are willing to listen to reasonable reasons to delay any mandated projects. The city need only inform the EPA that the city will not be able to pay for 160 million dollars for updates at both the water and sewer which in reality they can’t and the EPA would be more than willing to work with the city. Of particular note is the FACT that the EPA has never fined the city of pittsfield a single dime and they are very aware that the Gman reduced a 150 million dollar water project down to 32 million dollars. If the city had embraced the Gman three years ago to help negotiate these monster projects we would be well on our way to building faci!cities for a fraction of what we are doing today. In reality the outrageous cost of our two projects falls solely on secretary tyers shoulders. This is a signature failure of an individual who does not know what she is doing and her failure to seek out people like the Gman who knows what he is doing and is another of her plunders which will eventually negatively impact every person in the city of pittsfield. Knowing of her extreme incompetence and lack of any accomplishment as mayor we all need to insure that she is voted out of office this coming November. We can not even think of giving her another term as she is a total failure and given another term she would utterly destroy this city.

    • Sum Ting Wong
      December 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      Does he go to pickle ball anonymous too?

      • Barbados
        December 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

        . Just what Pittsfield needs. I wet my pants reading this. Dan your sense of hunmor is fab and 1st rate. Didn’t you write for Henny youngman? anyway thanks for the laughs.

  20. Wong
    December 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    Mr. Gaetani have show tonight?

    • Art Seller
      December 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

      Wong. I dont tink so. Maybe we peer.

  21. Shakes
    December 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    Of course the EPA is not interested in fining the City. They want the City to comply with the permit. The resolution the EPA will get, eventually, is compliance. These issues do not fall to Mayor Tyler, she inherited the mess not firm Mayor Bianchi, but from Mayor Ruberto’s administration.

    Mayor Tyler deserves praise for resolving the wastewater discharge issue and modernizing the infrastructure system. Nobody likes paying more, but the reality is past administrations kicked the can down the road and left these enterprises under-funded.

    Art, you and the Waterboy should let the adults handle this government business and you should stick to Don Quixote.

    • Harrison
      December 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      Who’s Mayor Tyler?

  22. Hondurans for Trump
    December 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Greyhound channel

    • Art Seller
      December 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      Any administration that isn’t interested in looking at a 28 million dollar less costly alternative for phosphorous mitigation is a administration that needs to be voted out of office. Just think if the Smith administration in the 80,’s didn’t listen to the Gman who saved our city over 100 million dollars. Yes we have the lowest water and sewer rates in the commonwealth and we have Mr. Gaetani to thank for these low rates. With a track record like that he should have been sought out by the present administration but He wasn’t He has been trying to help the city but it is virtually impossible for someone of his intelligence to deal with people like tyer and the bulk of the council who are only a step above a neanderthal in the intelligence category. No one can fault the Gman. He has done his best for us and dont ever count him out as if there is a way to help the taxpayer he will find it. Regardless if he does nothing more for us he will still hold the title of being the greatest benefactor to the taxpayers of the city of pittsfield for all time. No one will compare to that 116 million dollars he saved the city in the 80’s. His feat will never be matched. When we start to think about work on the water plants who do you think we should contact? Of course.

      • Shakes
        December 26, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

        the only water he understands is what’s in his Depends.

        • Art Seller
          December 26, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

          Ass Wipe: You are not in the Gman’s league. He challenges authority because he realizes that they often make many mistakes. You are a kiss ass for authority figures. And it is clearly evident you are a follower. There are a million like you to every one like the Gman. He makes things happen and you make nothing happen other than making an ass of yourself. Dont ever think you are in the same league as the Gman. He is a giant among men and you are just a loser wanna be. Tell us about any accomplishment you may have. I won’t be holding my breath waiting. You are a poor excuse for a human being. Anyone who throws stone at someone who is trying to help you can only be classified as an ass hole. It fits you. Wear it.

      • Mr. Fritz
        December 26, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

        You are not a benefactor to Pittsfield. As a salesman you were paid for your services. No one owes you anything. Your group not only missed the project bid deadline, but 2 of your “consultants” didn’t show for the cc council meeting, you had no municipalities using the technology you were presenting, and no firm figures for the project were given. I am sick of hearing you whine about the project! Move on!

        • Art seller
          December 26, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

          Moron: Do you live in pittsfield?? If you do the Gman saved you over 100 million. Another wanna be. It appears this city is full of idiots like yourself. Where do you nuts come from?

          • Shakes
            December 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

            Art: I will never be as big a fraud as the G-man. He truly is the GOAT. He is even more of a disingenuous liar that your precious president Trump.

          • Art Seller
            December 27, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

            Like I said. You are not in the Gman’s league. He has total control of what’s left to your brain. You are so jealous of him and want to be like him but you never will be like him. All you are is a cowardly buffoon. You are always welcome on his TV show but one thing to remember is to wear a diaper when you come on the show because you will definitely need it. The Gman will have you dismantled before you say a single word. It is evident you haven’t been paying attention to what the Gman has been doing. He has very advanced technology that someone like you could never understand. He is a doer and all you are is a cowardly blogger. Get a life lose.

  23. Kermit Frog
    December 26, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Was it the Dottie’s building that the Eagle just reported as selling for 2. Million? Why oh why then does the Beacon get a quarter of that?
    Hrmm.

    • AgentSmith
      December 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      When you consider that the Beacon, cost 10x as much if not 12x as much as the Dottie’s building, it makes you wonder where the money went.

      • mi
        December 26, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

        I think you know,why are you hiding it? Give us a clue?

  24. AgentSmith
    December 26, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Just an FYI: you can not use a pickle ball as a wiffel ball. They shatter when hit

  25. CosbiesLadies
    December 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    Excellent comment Agent Smith. My choice for the Orbit,hands down.

  26. CosbiesLadies
    December 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    So, where did it go? Or does it matter,Agent?

  27. The school committee
    December 27, 2018 at 5:18 am #

    The PEA left a toxic swamp under a Pittsfield Elementary school and responsible city councilors past and present never cared.If that toxic swamp was found to be under Williams school today they would never let one student enter the building after that discovery.Ward 4 runs Pittsfield and the Councilor for Allendale school wants her voters to send their children to a toxic swamp because shes a politician who does not see this cancer causing swamp,but sees a 80 million dollar problem at the water plant.

    • Johnny Absurd
      December 27, 2018 at 5:45 am #

      But ward 4 has some really shitty roads. Alfred drive for instance has been a bumpfest for years. And those people pay super high taxes for their shitty service. Snow plowing is always later in the day for some reason. Maybe the plow guy has to do his own route first?

      What is that councilors name again? Is he working on this road thing anytime soon?

  28. Juicy Lucy
    December 27, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Juicy Lucy LOVES a good pickle ball if it can stand up straight, especially if he is a senior.

    • Art Seller
      December 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      There isn’t a rate payer in this city who is in favor of spending 74 million dollars for updates at the sewer plant when there is a 44 million dollar alternative solution. The secretary tired and 8 buffoons on the council think that they will not be held accountable by the taxpayer. When individuals and businesses get their first water and sewer bills and future bills where the rates will soar into the stratosphere, I feel that the taxpayer will hold those councilors who approved this fiasco and they and the mayor will pay dearly at the ballot box. Keep in mind that the city administration is also proposing 86 million dollars in updates at the water plants.The Gman has a 44 million dollar solution for the sewer plant and states the ,86 million dollar updates at the water plants is preposterous and laughable. Perhaps we solve both problems by changing the mayor and 8 city councilors. Any ideas for mayoral candidates?? If we dont get a new one who knows what he or she is doing we are on serious trouble. Let’s look at 2019 paying for I’ll conceived THS project, pocket drain for Beacon, Start of stratospheric water and sewer rates, new police station, failed parking meters, horrific blight, garbage can failure, run away taxes, unsolved murders, School students taking over teachers. No body cameras, no foot patrols. Sham police oversight board, and on and on. If I missed something please add in your concerns.Do we need a new mayor?????????????????????????????????????????????????.

      • Two Cents
        December 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

        ????????…..This is where the Gman reached his climax during the ad-nausium masturbatory exercise of telling everyone how great he is. Hope he had tissues nearby!

        • Art Seller
          December 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

          Another moron surfaces. The Gman owns your brain. Try to add to the conversation. You never seem to make any sense. Boot licker.

        • Art Seller
          December 27, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

          Half wit two cents. The Gman needs no tissues but you will when you get your new water and sewer bill. The Gman tried to help you. His presentation was top shelf. What have you done to help the rate payers of this city?? Dont throw stones at people who are trying to help you. Those that do are simply morons like you.

          • Shakes
            December 27, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

            It’s clear the Gman has no understanding of anything he claims. He’s just not very nice, smart, or good with technology. Hopefully he goes away before he keeps embarrassing himself.

          • Art Seller
            December 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

            Moron Shakes. Why not be a guest on the Gman’s show? He will show everyone what a nut you are. The Gman doesnt know technology? That is laughable. I asked you many times what have you done for the taxpayer?? We know what the Gman did for the taxpayer and now we need to know what you did Moron??

          • Shakes
            December 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            I do not need to prove anything to you. You are a joke. The Gman can’t make it through a whole show without drooling and spoiling himself. You both have zero credibility.

          • Art seller
            December 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

            Shakes you are nothing but a wanna be. The Gman ownsnyour brain or what is left of it. He is a doer and you are a ignorant wanna be Your very brave posting behind a pen name but you have been invited to the Gmansnshow but you don’t k blige because you know the Gman will have you signed sealed and sent to the dump with the rest of the garbage in a matter of minutes. You can call the Gman and maybe he will straighten you out but more likely he will have to throw you out with the rest of the garbage. You are the biggestmbuffoon on this blog

  29. The school committee
    December 27, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Dan,would you forward to your good friend Mayor Tyer a budget for a 79 year old veteran who is getting 1650 a month.Realestate taxes are 4500,water and sewar are going to 1000,Heat is 2500,electric is 1800,car insurance is 650,gasoline is2000 and food is8500.22k and income is19k…..Does the Mayor or council h ave 3k

    • Gobsig
      December 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

      She’s a democrat and your friend Mario,

  30. The school committee
    December 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    The Mayor raised taxes on this man 1200 in 2 short years as Taconics new roof is leaking, floors have been replaced already and the building vocational section not usable,no parking ,no parking lots or new fields…..Heard the grass on the roof has died.Who knew Taconic had a lawn on the roof.Trisha Bouvier wanted the lawn on the roof like it was a cool thing to have

    • Art Seller
      December 27, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      TSC Tyer is the worst thing that ever happened to pittsfield. She has created a mess that the next mayor will inherit. She was a Gobsig elected puppet and has rewarded them handsomely. Your elderly friend unfortunately will have to scramble but none of the Gobsigs will feel the pain he is feeling. Your friend and many like him are feeding the pigs while he himself goes without. The solution to save pittsfield is to go to a city manager type of government. If we had this type of government we never would have seen the likes of people like tyer. Doyle ruberto or hathaway. If we dont go to a. City manager type of govt we need to vet any candidate for mayor to insure we dont get a person like tyer ever again. She is so clueless and has stated she needs four more years to complete her vision. What vision??? It is high time we take action against these buffoons and the one and only way to rid ourselves of them is through the ballot box. We have to start thinking about the next city election now as though the election were next week. Beating these Gobsigs will be a formidable task but it can be done and we all must start taking action now. Speak to everyone you know and convince them that change is necessary and we can not sit idly by and let a secretary get a second term. Four more years of this buffoon will cause the utter destruction of our beloved Pittsfield. We can not let that happen.Get involved.

    • doomiedodger
      December 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

      Has any of this come to the attention of the mayor? The city council? Is it being withheld from the people who are paying for it? Why would the mayor hide such information from the citizens? Is she embarrassed or just being a typical politician?

      We need to air this out to see what is true and what is not/

      • Art Seller
        December 28, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        Domie They are aware of this but they simply dont care. Not a one of them has a an iota of Technical knowledge and that includes tutocy . They are being lead by the nose by Aecom engineers who are the same consultants named Metcalf and Eddy in the 80’s who Gaetani had fired by mayor Smith so he could save the city over 100 million dollars.The unanswered question the ratepayers need to know now is who brought Metcalf and Eddy back to Troy to rob us again??? The mayor and council should hold a press conference Asap to tell us why Metcalf and Eddy (,Aecom) is back again. This sewer project stinks and must rethought. Everyone should start calling their councilors :: moon rivers white Krol Marchetti persip and Simonelli and cacamo who voted to wrap ,74 million around your neck with tyer knowing there was a 44 million dollar alternative proposed by none other than Mr Gaetani who intervened in the 80’s to save us over 100 million dollars. He gave a presentation of what he proposes for the city but tyer and the 8 aforementioned councilors didn’t hear a word he was saying. Gaetani says the proposed water and sewer updates totaling over 160 million dollars which will be paid for solely by the ratepayer will sink many city residents. The decision maker on these preposterous projects is the incompetent mayor tyer. Imagine the final say on ,160 million dollars of updates falls solely with that idiot. We know she could not even guess what Shot Spotter technology means and yet it is she who has the final say on these preposterous over priced projects. I was present on both nights when the Gman gave his presentation and there were councilors who seemed interested in his new technology but when it was determined that tyer would have the final say they seemed to believe there was nothing we can do. Tyer got up to the podium and made no sense what so event continueing to say that the projects are a neçcesity for the taxpayers. No fooling fool as if we didn’t know this. The Mayor must give an accounting of all the things I mentionednin this lengthy post. The taxpayers are in for s blood bath. She must be voted out of office either by call back vote or the next city election in nov.,2019

  31. CosbiesLadies
    December 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

    The Taconic roof is leaking, not an unusual occurance? Neither is giving birth. Check out the buckets under the leak,they should get the Tyler St. trash cans to do that.